Gettysburg, South Dakota
June 2, 2014
Pursuant to the due call and notice thereof, the City Council met in regular session on June 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Those present Mayor Bill Wuttke, Bryan Hause, Dawn Nagel, Ron Larson, Fran VanBockel, Mick Bliese, and Pat Everson. Also present was Russell Anderson, Maint Supervisor, Sharleen Eliason, Bill Wainman, Chief of Police, Julie Schaunaman, Brian Robbennolt, Scott Sikkink from HKG, Nathanael Williams, Ryan Persoon, Todd Oster, Norm Kostboth and Michael Larson.
Payroll Expense by Department:
Total Payroll Expense by Department
Mayor, May Payroll, $0.00; Finance Office, May Payroll, 4,094.86; Police, May Payroll, 6,061.56; Streets, May Payroll, 3,728.60; Snow Removal, May Payroll, 0.00; Garbage, May Payroll, 1,126.20; Airport, May Payroll, 797.64; Swimming Pool, May Payroll, 4005.46; Parks, May Payroll, 1,147.94; Water, May Payroll, 3,199.22; Sewer, May Payroll, 549.58; Ambulance, May Payroll, 152.62; West Nile, May Payroll, 00.00.
Total Payroll Expense
by Department $24,863.68
NET PAYROLL $17,698.41
ADOLPH KIEFER, S POOL SUPPLIES, $524.85; APC PLAY, SUPPLIES, 210.00; AFLAC, CANCER INS, 396.67; ANDERSON, RUSSELL, WATER DEP REFUND, 48.38; AVERA GETTYSBURG HOSPITAL, RN FEES AMBULANCE, 350.00; AVERA QUEEN OF PEACE, EMPLOYEE TESTING, 122.80; BANK OF THE WEST, WITHHOLDING TAXES, 2,857.90;
BANK OF THE WEST, WITHHOLDING TAXES, 3,189.92; B & R TRUCK REPAIR, INC., REPAIR TRUCK, 442.63; CAM WAL ELECTRIC, WELCOME SIGN, 22.50; CITY OF GETTYSBURG, WATER DEP A. GOEBEL, 100.00; COMPANION LIFE, LIFE INS, 37.96; DAKOTA BACKUP, COMPUTER BACKUP, 67.29;
DAKOTACARE, INSURANCE, 5,601.86; DAKOTA FARM & RANCH, SUPPLIES, 2,409.73; DEANS REPAIR, POLICE OIL CHANGE, 55.95; GETTYSBURG COLLISION CENT, TAILGATE HANDLE-PICKUP, 103.83; GETTYSBURG DEVELOPMENT CORP, TRIPLE B, 1,752.22; HAWKINS, INC., S POOL SUPPLIES, 3,872.83;
HEARTLAND WASTE, GARBAGE, 4,945.42; JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL, SUPPLIES, 761.22; JULIE SCHAUNAMAN, POOL SUPPLIES, 179.86; JULIE SCHAUNAMAN, POOL CANDY, 1,161.50; KNOCK OUT SPECIALTIES, POLICE SUPPLIES, 115.74; LOGAN ELECTRIC, AIRPORT, 2,015.70; MICHAEL TODD & CO, CONES, 278.44;
MID DAKOTA WATER, WATER, 13,307.35; MIDWEST ALARM, AUDITORIUM, 75.00; MIDWAY PARTS, PARTS, 297.67; MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES, LIGHTS, 4,035.24; NEW CREATIONS, SUPPLIES, 135.52; NICK BRATELAND, MEAL-PIERRE, 9.00; NORTH CENTRAL FARMERS, FUEL, 400.00; NORTHWEST PIPE FITTINGS, SUPPLIES, 24,555.80;
NORTHWEST PIPE FITTINGS, SUPPLIES, 502.70; PEPSIAMERICAS, CONCESSIONS POOL, 426.66; POTTER COUNTY LIBRARY, MEMORIAL-FISCHER, 25.00; R & K MECHANICAL, SUPPLIES, 14.03; RECREATION SUPPLY CO, POOL SUPPLIES, 3,240.40; SCHATZ ELECTRIC, INC, PARK, 82.75; SCHATZ ELECTRIC, INC, PARK LIGHT, 303.23;
SCHLACHTER LUMBER, SUPPLIES, 19.63; SCHMIDT, MARK, RENEWAL LIFEGUARD, 100.00; SD RETIREMENT, RETIREMENT, 2,798.66; SD DEPT OF REVENUE, SALES TAX, 383.09; SD DEPT OF REVENUE, WATER CHECKS, 26.00; SERVALL, SUPPLIES, 73.52; SERVALL, SUPPLIES, 35.10; SODAK SPORT & BAIT, POLICE SUPPLIES, 249.91; SOPERS INC., 2014 HONDA PIONEER, 10,049.00; SOUTH DAKOTA ONE CALL, WATER LOCATES, 18.87;
THE LODGE AT DEADWOOD, POLICE WORKSHOP, 237.00; US POSTMASTER, WATER BILLS, 176.97; USDA, FIREHALL LOAN, 25,122.00; VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS, PHONES, 734.83; VERIZON WIRELESS, CELL PHONES, 260.82; VILAS SUPERSTORE, SUPPLIES, 109.94; WEX BANK, AMBULANCE FUEL, 166.82; WINWATER, STREET SUPPLIES, 716.21; WWW TIRE, SUPPLIES, 268.00.
TOTAL CHECKS $138,280.33
Moved by Everson, Bliese seconded, motion carried to approve the minutes of May 5, 2014.
Moved by VanBockel, seconded by Larson, motion carried, Hause-nay, to pay the voucher bills and the following bills that arrived after cut off: Renae Lehman for lifeguard training for Isabelle (after certification confirmation), $200.00; Northwest Pipe, storm sewer supplies, $467.13; R&K, pool supplies, $139.04; Knock Out Solutions, police supplies, $255.54; True Value, maint and pool supplies, $451.16; Hawkins pool supplies, $582.39, and Potter County News, publications, $285.64 for a total of $2,380.90. Council member Hause asked how the pool could have so many dollars for payroll on the 15th payroll before the pool even opened. There was discussion that the hours should have been approved by the full council if there was questions involved.
A delegation from Gettysburg Whitlock Bay Development thanked the City Council for the stipend that they receive. They are in the process of hiring a new director and will keep the Council informed. Council member Nagel stated that there is a Grant writing workshop in Rapid June 18th by the SDSU Extension that would be a great opportunity for the new director to attend.
Scott Sikkink from HKG and Brian Robbennolt gave the Council an update on the school. At last month’s meeting they requested monetary assistance in paving the school parking lot. It was tabled until they could give us a cost estimate. Scott apologized they still do not have the dollars that will be involved and will have to attend another meeting with this information. Council member Hause stated that he did see the parking lot on the plans and questioned why this was not included in Sharps bid for the school.
DOT was not finished with their planning for Highway 212 project and will meet with the council next month.
Curb stops was given to Michael Larson to review. Michael indicated that the City should fix the remaining non operating curb stops that was before the new ordinance of 2011-3-3. Moved by Hause, seconded by Bliese, motion carried to have our City maintenance repair the curb stops at the city expense.
Julie Schaunaman entered the meeting at 7:30PM.
The meeting was opened to the public for any comments regarding the special malt beverage license for the Gettysburg City Fireman for the car show that will be held in the City Park on June 28th, 2014. Moved by Everson, seconded by VanBockel motion carried to approve this permit. Police Chief Wainman asked questions regarding enforcement procedures for carding.
Police report was given to the Council. The bike rodeo was postponed till June 14, 2014 due to the weather.
Russell Anderson, Maintenance Supervisor stated that he completed the loop for the water at Sunset Drive. Russell and his staff will start grinding the streets soon for the street project. The sand filters are working great at the City pool. In the city park he noticed that there are five large cottonwood trees that have died. Council member Nagel stated that their is a fungus that is on evergreen trees and that the City should be aware of this. Council member Everson stated that the grass is very tall in the ditch on Garfield Ave. He will call the County regarding this. Russell was advised to check on the cost involved for the supplies needed to tap in a 2 inch or 1 ½ inch water line. Council member Bliese stated that a culvert by his shop was damaged and needs to be replaced. Council member Bliese also stated his ditch has sunflowers in it and it needs cleaning for drainage purpose to get rid of standing water.
One fuel bid was presented to the Council from North Central Farmers Elevator: Unleaded 10% ethanol FTE $3.406 and Ruby Fieldmaster $3.43. Moved by Hause, Nagel seconded, motion carried to accept this bid.
Larry Madsen has agreed to inspect American elm trees again this year. Moved by Everson, VanBockel seconded motion carried to hire Larry Madsen at a salary of $200.00. Anyone that suspects an American Elm tree might be infected please call the City Finance Office.
Bobbie Potts, SD Pilots Association stated they will be having an airport day July 12th at the City Airport. They will be having a lunch, speakers and dedication of Cronin’s new hanger. Moved by VanBockel, Larson, seconded, motion carried to approve this day.
The following building permits were presented to the council for approval:
Lynn Phillips, fence, Lots 1 & 2 Block 5 Hurleys addition
Seth Warner, fence, Lots 5 & 6 Block 7 Schlachter’s addn
Martin Oaks, fence, Lots 16, 17 & 18 Western Town Lot Co addn
Moved by VanBockel, seconded by Hause, motion carried to approve permits.
Demolition permits were presented by the following:
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, house and garage, Lots 1,2& 3 Block 1 Schlachters addn
Kevin Logan, house, Lots 13 and 14 Block 27 Bryson Addition
Moved by Everson, Hause seconded motion carried to approve.
Julie Schaunaman, co manager of the swimming pool stated that on June 6, 7 & 8th most of her help is attending WSI training and Julie is on call for the hospital. Moved by Nagel, Everson seconded motion carried to approve the hiring of Jada Hawkinson to fill in if needed at a salary of $12.00 per hr.
Elected officials workshop is July 23rd in Pierre. Reminder that the Finance Office will be closed for Finance Officers school starting at noon on the 11th and all day on the 12 & 13th of June.
Ambulance write offs due to Medicare in the amount of $55.96. Motioned by VanBockel, Bliese seconded, motion carried to approve write off.
In round table discussion Council member Nagel stated a thank you to Avera and GIA for the donations for the frog slide at the pool. Council member Nagel stated that it was brought to her attention why does the City pay to print the minutes in the paper when the editor also prints them as news. They feel it is a waste of money. Another council member stated we must abide by the rules of the state, the city is required to publish them. Another date was set for the 5 year planning committee for June 18th. Council member Everson stated that there are some areas of the streets that need repair.
Moved by Everson, seconded by Hause, motion carried to adjourn at 8:05 PM.
Bill Wuttke, Mayor
Sharleen Eliason, Finance Officer
Published once at the total approximate cost of $100.71
POTTER COUNTY BOARD OF
JUNE 5, 2014
The regular meeting was called to order by Chairman Simon at 8:00 A.M. in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse. Commissioners present: Worth, Maroney, Arbach and Williams.
Moved by Maroney, seconded by Williams to approve the May 6 and 13, 2014 minutes as read. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Simon to adjourn into Executive Session with Dale Nauman to discuss personnel. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Moved by Maroney, seconded by Williams to adjourn from Executive Session. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Williams to adjourn into Executive Session with the 4-H Leaders and the States Attorney to discuss personnel. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Moved by Williams, seconded by Worth to adjourn from Executive Session. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Craig Smith met to discuss the recording of the meeting of the County Commissioners. A policy needs to be established as to those in attendance have to be informed that the meeting is being recorded and how long the recorded meeting should be kept for public inspection.
Moved by Worth, seconded by Maroney to adjourn into Executive session to discuss the applications for the Director of Equalization position. Moved by Worth, seconded by Williams to adjourn from Executive Session. All voted aye. Motion carried.
RECORDING OF THE COUNTY
Moved by Worth, seconded by Arbach to shut off and remove the unattended tape recorder as placed by the Potter County News until such time a policy can be put into place. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Supt Smith and Tyler Fischer met to discuss a petition to add a roadway of the Robbennolt Addition to the County Road system.
The first top cutting of the ditches will begin next week. A discussion was held concerning hiring an independent contractor to haul gravel to the longer haul gravelling projects. The general consensus was to proceed at a cost of .23 to .25 per ton per loaded mile per bid letting by Sully County. Logan Electric to be contacted first.
Moved by Worth, seconded by Maroney to purchase a 540 Handy Hitch for the 10ft. JD mower at a cost of $11,800. Roll call vote: “Aye”: Simon, Worth and Maroney. “Nay”: Williams and Arbach. Motion carried.
Supt. Smith presented the following fuel quotes for 8000 gals. of #2FM.
Hoven Coop $3.28; NCFE $3.28; NPC $3.27. Successful bidder: NPC @ $3.27.
Moved by Williams, seconded by Simon to authorize Chairman Simon to sign the Independent Contractor Agreement between Dani’s Thistle Spraying, LLC and Potter County to spray the Corp land at the River and the County ROW and shoulder spraying. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Moved by Williams, seconded by Arbach to authorize Chairman Simon to sign the following Mosquito Spraying Contract. All voted aye. Motion carried.
West Whitlock Recreation Area, City of Hoven and West Whitlock Resort.
A discussion was held concerning the street from 212 to Lake’s corner of Garfield Ave. Smith to talk with Anderson to coop in repairing the road and possibly turning street over to the City for further maintenance.
GROW SOUTH DAKOTA
Katie Rasmus met to discuss the projects done by Grow South Dakota in Potter County. Continued funding was also requested.
Deputy McClain met to present the monthly activity report of the Sheriff Dept.
Commissioner Maroney presented the following resolution and moved for its adoption.
BE IT RESOLVED by the Potter County Board of Commissioners that the Plat of Lot 25 A a re-plat of Lots 25 and 26, Whitlock Riverview Estates Addition, located in Section 29, T118N, R79W, 5th P.M., Potter County, South Dakota having been examined, is hereby approved in accordance with the provisions of SDCL, Chapter 11-3, and any amendments thereof.
Commissioner Williams seconded the foregoing resolution. All voted aye. Resolution declared adopted.
The Register of Deeds and the Auditor’s Account with the Treasurer were reviewed. Moved by Arbach, seconded by Simon to approve the above reports. All voted aye. Motion carried. Auditor’s Account with the Treasurer as follows:
AUDITORS ACCOUNT WITH THE
TREASURER AS OF 05/30/14
Cash Items $1,386.86
Great Western Checking 29,337.04
Plains Commerce Checking
Great Western Fund Investments
Plains Commerce Bank 300,000.00
Great Western Bank 200,000.00
Checks on Hand 21,828.56
TOTAL CASH BALANCE
Total Assets In Custody of County As of 05/30/14
County Amount $1,843,141.46
Amounts Held For Other Gov
Amounts Held For Others 4,033.02
TOTAL ASSETS $2,054,651.14
Moved by Maroney, seconded by Williams to approve the following claims and authorize the Auditor to issue warrants for the same. All voted aye. Motion carried.
PAYROLL BY DEPTS: COMM $2,345.80; AUD 4,291.00; TREAS 4,643.28; SA 3,746.78; JAN. 1,046.50; DOE 4,105.80; ROD 3,614.00; VA 576.92; SHERIFF 7,792.81; LIBRARY 3,290.33; WEED 145.90; R&B 19,861.85; EM 553.76.
SDRS $5,544.08; WELLMARK 50,164.55; AFLAC 431.69; GREAT WESTERN 12,250; DEARBORN 214.40.
4 SEASONS/JERRED RENTALS $400.00 RENTALS, A & B BUSINESS, INC. 171.22 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, ALCO-PRO, INC. 282.75 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, GECRB/AMAZON 615.99 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, ANDREA SANDMEIER 65.00 PROFESSIONAL FEES, ATCO INTERNATIONAL 158.00 SUPPLIES, AVERA QUEEN OF PEACE 111.40 SERVICES & FEES,
B M S INC 124.94 REPAIRS/MAINT., BETH HAMBURGER 121.50 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, BRAD SCHRIEBER 148.44 COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY, BUTLER MACHINERY CO. 308.04 REPAIRS/MAINT., CAROL KRIER 180.00 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, CENGAGE LEARNING 149.92 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS,
CENTURY LINK 82.00 UTILITIES, CHARLOTTE GRIESE 145.30 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, CITY OF GETTYSBURG 16.30 UTILITIES, CITY OF GETTYSBURG 119.45 UTILITIES, CITY OF MOBRIDGE 2,638.62 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, CRAIG MCQUARIE 171.00 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, CYNTHIA FORGEY 50.00 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE,
DAKOTA SECURITY SYSTEMS INC 6.07 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, DAKOTA FIRE EQUIPMENT 100.50 REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, DAKOTA SUPPLY 25.47 SUPPLIES, DAKOTA FARM & RANCH SUPPLY 59.99 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, DEAN’S REPAIR 55.95 REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, DELVIN WORTH 24.12 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE,
DIANE GEIST 130.50 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, DON FROST 1,700.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & FEES, ELAINE STORKSON 92.50 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE 1,395.10 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, FASTENAL 349.99 SUPPLIES, GETTYSBURG BAKERY 17.00 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS,
AVERA GETTYSBURG HOSPITAL 135.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, GETTYSBURG COLLISION CENTER 295.00 REPAIRS/MAINT., GETTYSBURG FLOWERS 50.00 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, GETTYSBURG LEGION 125.00 RENT, GREAT WESTERN TIRE, INC. 60.00 REPAIRS/MAINT., HARLEN SHAW 62.16 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE,
HEARTLAND WASTE MANAGEMENT, IN 50.00 UTILITIES, FALYN HOGG 127.65 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, HOVEN COOP SERVICE 70.18 TRAVEL & CONF., HOVEN LEGION. 125.00 RENT, HOVEN MEDIA, INC. 561.15 PUBLISHING, JEANIE LAGAN 46.25 TRAVEL AND CONFERENCE, JILL LANGER 117.00 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE,
JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL 121.22 REPAIRS/MAINT., KAREN S DOERR 166.87 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, KATHLEEN NAGEL 147.70 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, LAJEAN HANSEN 50.00 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, LAMB MOTOR COMPANY 58.00 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, LAMB MOTOR CO. INC. 646.15 REPAIRS/MAINT.,
MANDY LUIKENS 169.83 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, MARGARET J STOTZ 201.71 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, MARY NAGEL 161.52 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES 204.47 UTILITIES, MICHAEL TODD & CO., INC 174.31 SUPPLIES, MICROFILM IMAGING SYSTEMS, INC. 150.00 RENTALS,
MIDWAY PARTS 6.58 SUPPLIES, MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES 558.51 UTILITIES, NATIONAL SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION 54.00 DUES, NEW CREATIONS 69.69 SUPPLIES, NEW CREATIONS 3.61 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, NORTHEASTERN MENTAL HEALTH 2,329.00 NORTHEASTERN MENTAL HEALTH,
NORTHERN PLAINS COOPERATIVE 26,160.00 TRAVEL & CONF., OAHE PEST ELIMINATION 55.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & FEES, POTTER COUNTY NEWS 73.52 PUBLICATION, P.C. FAIRBOARD 7,000.00 FAIRBOARD ALLOTMENT, PEGGY HAGEMAN 171.00 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE,
POTTER COUNTY TREASURER 372.18 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, PRECISION REPORTING 88.75 JUDICIAL SYSTEM, RANDY SIMON 24.42 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, SCHLACHTER LUMBER 37.98 REPAIRS/MAINT., SCHREIBER LAW FIRM 726.53 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, SD LIBRARY NETWORK 337.50 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND FEES,
SDACO 130.00 M&P SDACO, SERVALL 33.62 SUPPLIES & MATERI9ALS, SERVALL UNIFORM & LINEN SUPPLY 150.98 SUPPLIES, SHARON RAUSCH 263.62 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, CRAIG SMITH 481.12 RENT, STACY LARSON 175.20 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, STATE TREASURER 205.00 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & FEES,
TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 150.92 SUPPLIES & MAINTENANCE, TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 87.06 SUPPLIES, The BURG 1,218.96 TRAVEL & CONF., UPSTART 302.48 SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS, VAN DIEST SUPPLY COMPANY 3,732.50 MOSQUITO SUPPLIES, VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS IN 155.57 UTILITIES,
VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS 774.91 UTILITIES, VERIZON WIRELESS 159.03 UTILITIES, VERIZON WIRELESS 10.54 UTILITIES, US BANK VOYAGER FLEET SYS INC 371.70 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS,
WALWORTH CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT. 1,600.00 JAIL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, WESTERN COMMUNICATIONS, I 9,151.00 REPAIRS/MAINT., WESTERN COMMUNICATIONS, INC 100.00 RENTALS, WILLIAM ARBACH 34.04 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, ZUBER REFRIGERATION 123.00 REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE,
PRIMARY ELECTION CANVASS
The canvassing the Primary Election was conducted. Moved by Williams, seconded by Arbach to place on file the results listed below. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Absentee Gettysburg Hoven Total
Registered Active Voters 0 0
Vote Center Ballots Cast 0 524 160 684
Absentee 48 0 0 48
Provisionals 0 0 0 0
Total Voters 0 48 524 160 732
Lora Hubbel 9 81 14 104
Dennis M. Daugaard 36 379 131 546
Susan Wismer 0 41 11 52
Joe Lowe 0 15 2 17
Republican US Senator
Stace Nelson 7 54 1 62
Mike Rounds 32 263 106 401
Dr. Annette Bosworth 3 34 6 43
Jason Ravnsborg 1 16 2 19
Larry Rhoden 5 91 26 122
Republican State Rep Dist 23
Larry Nielson 17 116 42 175
Dale Hargens 3 50 17 70
Gene W. Toennies 6 57 40 103
Michele Harrison 5 84 20 109
Justin R Cronin 33 348 103 484
County Commissioner Dist 5
Karen S. Doerr 5 63 68
Delvin C. Worth 3 68 71
Moved by Williams, seconded by Simon to renew the employee health insurance with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Moved by Worth, seconded by Williams to hire Barbara VanderVorst as 4-H Secretary @ $11.00 per hour. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Moved by Williams, seconded by Arbach to adjourn. All voted aye. Motion carried.
RANDALL SIMON, CHAIRMAN
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
KAREN S. DOERR
Published once at the total approximate cost of $163.93
Over 40 youngsters are participating in the Gettysburg Country Club’s youth golf program this summer. The six week long program is teaching children the basics of the game every Wednesday. Club manager Jeff Burns is helping these girls practice chipping onto the green. Pictured from left are Neva Mikkelsen (Andy and Amber), Olivia Mikkelsen (Amber and Andy), Makenna Miller (Bridget and Jason Nagel), and Hannah Sundberg (Dayle and Chip), who is being coached by Burns.
Gettysburg’s emergency crews were called to a fire at the home of Frank and Jean Smith on Sunday afternoon.
A lightning strike was blamed for the damage to the house, located west of town near Bob’s Resort at the river.
According to Potter County Sheriff Curt Hamburger, the fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. June 1 when a storm moved through the western part of the county. Hamburger said one of the strikes hit the chimney which is attached to a propane fireplace. The strike caused flames to ignite in the portion of the home between the basement and first floor. The house sustained water and sheetrock damage and no one was injured. Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour and a half and the State Fire Marshal was contacted.
Hamburger said that residents of nearby buildings reported lightning strikes that created electrical issues. Local electrician Mark Schatz was able to turn on most of the electricity in the house.
In addition to the Gettysburg Fire Department, the Gettysburg ambulance also responded to the site of the fire call Sunday.
A guilty plea was entered during court in Potter County on Monday regarding an incident at the Hoven Municipal Bar.
Dave Parsons, 54, made his initial appearance without an attorney before Judge John Brown where he pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault and one count of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana as part of a plea agreement. Both charges are Class 1 misdemeanors which carry a maximum sentence of one year in the county jail and a $2,000 fine.
When asked about the events that led to the charges, Parsons told the court that he walked in the side door of the bar and “people were in my face” and that he got “trampled on.” He said that he did not recall head butting anyone, but admitted that he was capable of it and he could have done it.
Potter County State’s Attorney Craig Smith told the court that he did have a video recording from the bar showing the head butt, which was done to Janine Arbach, who was working at the establishment.
The judge accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Parsons to 60 days in jail with 55 suspended, and to begin serving immediately. Parsons said that he had his dog with him in Gettysburg and needed to take care of the animal, so asked if he could start his jail time later. Arrangements were made for Parsons to turn himself in to the Potter County Sheriff’s office by 5 p.m. Monday to begin serving his five day sentence. He was also sentenced to serve five days concurrently for the marijuana possession, in addition to paying $50 per day jail costs and court costs of $84 for each charge. He will be on unsupervised probation for one year along with other stipulations of the court.
Other items on the docket were rescheduled to a later court date. The next court date in Potter County will be Tuesday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m.
The nice rain that fell on Potter County was a fine excuse to postpone the Bike Rodeo that was set for Saturday morning.
The Gettysburg Police Department is joining forces with local businesses and the Gettysburg Fire Department to put on a Bike Rodeo for young cyclists.
The event have been rescheduled for Saturday, June 14 at the city park from 10 a.m. to noon. Youngsters up to fifth grade may participate in the activities, but all ages are invited to register bikes with the police department.
Chief of Police Bill Wainman said the Bike Rodeo is a fun way for kids to learn the rules of the road and show them how to safely get around town on their bikes as more bicycles are on the streets during the summer season. The event gives kids the chance to practice some bike safety, make sure their bikes are tuned up for summer, and have some fun, too!
The first 50 kids at the event will be given free helmets and water bottles. Volunteers will help them through the bicycle course, and bike mechanic Dean Schmidtgall will check bikes to make sure they are in safe, working condition.
For more information contact the police department or come to the park to check out the fun on Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m.
The Gettysburg City Finance Office is closed from noon on Wednesday, June 11 through the rest of the week.
The office is closed so the staff may attend training at Finance Officers School.
Payments may be left in the drop box at the front of the office.
The office will be open for business again on Monday, June 16.
Steven R. Muehl, 68, of Faulkton, died May 30, 2014 at his home in Faulkton.
Mass of Christian Burial was held June 4 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Faulkton with Father Joji Itukulapati officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery.
Steven Richard Muehl was born April 30, 1946 to Jake and Eileen (Morrow) Muehl. He attended country school and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1964. He attended college at Northern State University for 3 1/2 years.
He was employed with the postal department in Fargo and the Potter County Highway maintenance crew in Gettysburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton is in charge of arrangements.
Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer. In Hoven, it marked the end of an era.
The Hoven High School building, which has stood in the center of town where the first class graduated from it in 1941, was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, May 25.
The fire department was called around 1 a.m., and some wives of the local fire fighters said they weren’t too concerned, explaining that often when calls come in from businesses in town, they turn out to be a fire alarm that was accidentally tripped, and the emergency crews return within a short period of time after a safety check of the building.
This time, they were on the site for a long time. They were met with a fire that appeared to be started near the old gym behind the school building. The school held classes for both the junior high and high school students, with around 55 who attended.
Gettysburg’s emergency crews were soon called, and before long, over a dozen fire departments were at the scene to fight a fire that was fast taking over the school.
Water became an issue as the town’s water source dwindled while the fire was doused for several hours. Pumper trucks pulled water for nearby water holes including Simon Dam outside of Hoven, and temporary water dump tanks were put in place near the school building. WEB water also was on hand to make the tower northwest of Hoven available as a water source. As the night waned, there were firefighters from around a hundred mile radius including Lebanon, Tolstoy, Java, Bowdle, Selby, Onida, Ipswich, Glenham, Herreid, Akaska, Hosmer, and Roscoe providing mutual aid. Farmers and ag businesses in the region brought trucks with water tanks to the fire to help. Ambulance crews from Hoven and Selby were on the scene, and law enforcement from the Potter and Walworth Sheriff Departments, along with the Hoven Police Department were all on site. Montana-Dakota Utilities was on hand to help disconnect electricity.
Cheryl Sautner, Potter County’s Emergency Manager, said that some homes to the north and west were evacuated as a precaution, but none of the surrounding structures sustained any damage. As residents watched the fire, comments about the history lost through photos of old class composites and documents left in the building were destroyed. One happy save was an old scoreboard salvaged from the gym wreckage.
Peggy Petersen, who had just finished her final year as Hoven’s superintendent and principal, reported in a television news interview that the school board will meet to make a plan for the fall school year. The hospital building in town is vacant, and one possibility is using that for classrooms until a permanent solution is found. The Hoven and Gettysburg schools have joined forces during the past couple years in a sports co-op as the Potter County Battlers.
Firefighters stayed on the scene into the afternoon, and some crews were on site for several hours to watch for any flare ups.
Doug Hinkle, the state’s chief deputy fire marshal, was on site Sunday where he interviewed a number of firefighters and witnesses as part of the investigation.
Hoven celebrated graduation for the Class of 2014 last weekend and classes were out for the summer. No one was in the building and no injuries were reported. The high school building opened in the fall of 1940.